The following excerpt is taken from a autobiographical eulogy written by a TMC program patient. It was written on the one-year anniversary of his sobriety, and describes the man that was—and the man is today.
“He finally was graced to overcome 10 years of chronic alcoholism. The first year was not easy. After treatment, he lived in a homeless shelter, rescue mission, friend’s floors, a hospital, back seat of a car, jail and a halfway house. He stayed sober through it all.”
“…After being sober for 12 months, he took on the legal battle of restoring a father to his children. That will be a slow process, but each day he is being the best father he can…”
“People who knew him past and present said he was not the same person at all. They said if you believed in miracles, he was one….He had become honest, caring, giving, loving, honorable, dependable, empathetic, and down to earth.”
“…this is what you did for me….This is a disease of the mind, body and soul. You fixed the part that was broken for 10 years.”Patient’s Name withheld, September 20, 2001
For Immediate Release:
October 21, 2012
Former US Senator George McGovern’s Legacy has Madison Connection
Tellurian’s Teresa McGovern Center named after Senator’s Daughter
Madison, WI - Staff, and management of Tellurian, the Madison based human services agency providing substance abuse and mental health treatment to hundreds of individuals each year, mourned the passing of former US Senator and 1972 Presidential candidate George McGovern on Sunday, October 21st, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Often referred to as “one of the best presidents never elected” …McGovern has been called one of the most significant figures in American history, and a political and humanitarian icon.
Tellurian’s Teresa McGovern Center is named after the Senator’s daughter Terry, who died in Madison in 1994 following a 30-year battle with alcohol and depression. Terry’s struggle with addiction and a mental health disorder was detailed in Senator McGovern’s 1999 book “Terry, My Daughters Life and Death Struggle with Alcoholism.” Following his daughter’s death, McGovern became a tireless crusader in the battle against addiction and mental health disorders. McGovern’s desire to provide a facility and an environment to allow those suffering from addiction and mental health disorders the opportunity to receive treatment and begin the process of recovery, resulted in the construction of the Teresa McGovern Center in 1996. Located within a 110 acre nature conservancy and adjacent to Aldo Leopold Nature Center, the Tellurian Teresa McGovern Center provides residential and outpatient treatment to more than 500 people per year allowing them the opportunity to regain their lives and return to the community as productive members of society. Michael Florek, Founder of Tellurian and close friend of McGovern was quoted as saying that “Tellurian was proud to be a part of the McGovern legacy and that with McGovern’s passing the nation had lost a true American hero”
A decorated World War II bomber pilot, who was the focal point of the Steven Ambrose book, “The Wild Blue”, McGovern was a member of the US House of Representatives from 1957 until 1961. Elected to the US Senate in 1962 and re-elected in 1968 and 1972, the Senator was selected as the Democratic Party nominee for President in 1972 in which he was defeated by Richard Nixon. In 1976 President Gerald Ford named him a United Nations Delegate to the General Assembly and in 1978 President Jimmy Carter named him as a UN Delegate on Disarmament. From 1991 to 1998 he served as President of the Middle East Policy Council and in 2001 was named the United Nations Global Ambassador on Hunger by President Bill Clinton. A prolific author and lecturer McGovern received many honorary degrees and distinguished awards… including, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, bestowed upon him by President Bill Clinton in 2000.
Since its founding in 1971, Tellurian’s mission has remained unchanged: “To provide a continuum of innovative treatment services in a safe and secure environment “Where Recovery Becomes Reality” to all those struggling with addiction, substance abuse disorders, and/or co-occurring mental health disorders.
300 Femrite Drive
Madison , WI 53716
CONTACT: Kevin Florek , CEO
Phone (608)-222-7311 ext 151
The Teresa McGovern Center
Named for Senator George McGovern’s daughter Terry, who died in Madison, Wisconsin in 1994 following a 30 year struggle with alcoholism and depression, the Teresa McGovern Adult Residential Center is the “flagship” program of more than 20 programs and services offered by Tellurian Family of Services. Nestled in a serene wooded setting, adjacent to the Aldo Leopold Nature Preserve in Madison, Wisconsin the Teresa McGovern Center provides a safe and secure environment for those seeking help in “Making Recovery a Reality” ...as a way to a better and more productive life. This program specializes in treating the patient with a dual diagnosis.
Each year, the Tellurian Family of Services provides much needed help and assistance to more than 8500 people via treatment, a wide range of support services, and housing. Serving the needs of patients throughout greater Wisconsin, as well the upper Midwest, the Tellurian Family of Services continues in its mission of optimizing every patient’s chance for recovery, by “Making Recovery a Reality” for all individuals and families seeking help.